Last Friday evening we had a great event at Waterloo Tea with Katherine Stansfield, who is a poet by trade but has just published her second novel.
We were delighted to listen to Katherine, interviewed by Mel, talk about her latest novel 'Falling Creatures', which like her first novel 'The Visitor' is set in Cornwall in the 19th Century. Unlike 'The Visitor' however, 'Falling Creatures' is based around a notorious true crime that took place on Bodmin Moor during this time, and is narrated by fictionalised heronie 'Shilly'. During their conversation, Katherine spoke about her upbringing on Bodmin Moor and how its history and particularly superstitious and supernatural heritage inspired her to write the novel.
Not only is Katherine a poet and novelist, but she also teaches Creative Writing at Cardiff University. In fact, some of her students attended the event! She spoke at length about the way she researched the book and the way she approaches her writing, including the differences of writing fiction and poetry.
(photo by Katherine Eastman)
The event was attended by over fifty people, which we were incredibly pleased with. Once again, Waterloo Tea were great- thanks to Cameron and the team. We hope we'll ee you at our next event, which will be Dr. Jonathan Hicks discussing his new book 'Wales and the First Air War 1914-1918' on Sunday 3rd December, starting 2:30pm at All Saints Church, Penarth. We can't wait!